Department of Horticulture

Hardy Plants for Waterwise Landscapes

Festuca ovina var. glauca (foreground) with Veronica pectinata and Mahonia repens (© V.I. Lohr)


Scientific name

Common name

Calamagrostis ×acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' Feather reed grass
Festuca ovina var. glauca ●@ Blue fescue
Helictotrichon sempervirens ●@ Blue oat grass
Luzula sylvatica ●@ Greater woodrush
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' ●@ Maiden grass
Panicum virgatum Switch grass
Pennisetum villosum Feathertop grass
Seslaria spp. ● Moor grass


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Scientific and common names are listed for each plant.  Plants are listed in alphabetical order by scientific name.

If the scientific name has a link, it leads to a page with photos and cultural information. If the common name has a link, it leads to photos, but not to cultural information. 

Key to symbols

spp. = More than one species is water-conserving

● = Suitable for dry shade; amount of shade varies

N = Native to Washington or Idaho

@ = May reseed or spread

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